Fri, Oct 27

GREENSBORO (October 27, 2017) – North Carolina A&T sophomore center Alexus Lessears (6-foot-3, Cleveland, Ohio) was named to the 2017-18 Women’s Basketball Preseason All-MEAC second team while the Aggies were predicted to finish third in the league, as voted on by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference head women’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.

The Aggies received five first-place votes and 271 overall points in the preseason poll. N.C. A&T head coach Tarrell Robinson embarks on his sixth season and is a win shy of his 100th coaching victory. In 2016-17, the Aggies went 14-18 overall, 8-8 in the MEAC and reached the conference tournament semifinals for the fifth straight season.

“It is always good to see what your colleagues think of your program going into the regular season,” said head coach Tarrell Robinson. “We have a young nucleus of players and we just want to keep improving throughout the year to meet or hopefully exceed those expectations. I am excited that Alexus was an All-MEAC second team preseason selection. She is one of the hardest workers and will be one off the reasons we are successful this year.”

Lessears was the lone Aggie to make a conference preseason team. Last season, Lessears made the All-MEAC Rookie team by ranking seventh in the conference in rebounds (7.4), fifth in offensive rebounds (3.0) and eighth in defensive rebounds (4.4). Lessears led the Aggies in rebounding 18 times and in scoring twice, averaging 6.8 points per game. Lessears registered three double-doubles as a freshman including a season-best 19 points and 14 rebounds at Howard. In addition, she had 10 double-figure rebounding games and eight double-figure scoring performances.

The Aggies led the conference in 3-point field goal defense (.277), was second in rebounding (42.8) and third in assists (11.6). N.C. A&T opens the 2017-18 season at home in the renovated Corbett Sports Center for three of their first four games starting with Georgia Southern on Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.